King Track & Field breaks two school records at 49er Classic

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The King College men's and women's track team opened the 2011 outdoor season with two school records and multiple personal bests over the weekend at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte 49er Classic.

Carrie Nelson (Independence, Va.) paced three other Lady Tornado runners to personal records in the 5,000-meters. Nelson secured a sixth place finish, in a field of over sixty athletes, for an outdoor school and personal record of 17 minutes and 51.36 seconds. Her first sub-18 effort slashed over 30 seconds off the previous school record which she set last year at the NCCAA Outdoor National Championships. Joining Nelson with personal records were Danielle Beauvais (Danville, Va.), Kendra Sokol and Evan Ferrell (Richlands, Va.) who stormed through the deep field to claim times of 18:35.96, 18:52.35 and 19:03.76, respectively. Beauvais and Sokol went under 19 minutes for the first time during the outdoor season.

Complimenting the Lady Tornado distance squad were the men's accomplishments. Naseem Haje (Hagerstown, Md.) and Spencer Frantom (Morristown, Tenn.) matched their teammates efforts with a new school, and two personal records, in the men's 5,000. Haje committed to an early pace that led him to a finishing time of 15:19.18, which captured 15th place and the school record by more than 20 seconds. Following close behind was freshmen Framton who lowered his outdoor personal record to 15:29.23 which also eclipsed the previous school record.

Rounding out the successful start to the outdoor track season for the distance crew was Justin Humphreys (Bristol, Tenn.) and Mykal Miller (Gray, Tenn.) in the 1,500 meters. Humphreys ran to a personal record of 4:05.76 and a ninth-place finish which resulted in a six second improvement from his previous best while Miller sprinted to a personal record also with a time of 4:33.20.

On the Lady Tornado sprint side Ashely Ruth (Cleveland, Tenn.), Lanneickia Brewton (Spartanburg, S.C.) and Jill Hooker (Blountville, Tenn.) wasted no time during the outdoor season in making their mark. Ruth recorded an effort of 1:01.52 in the 400 meters claiming an impressive personal record. Meanwhile Brewton, whose 22.5 points at the 2010 NCCAA Indoor National Championships saw the Lady Tornado team claim 4th, was busy in the 200 taking 21st place in a time of 25.52. Hooker dipped under the 13 second barrier in the 100 to claim a time of 12.91 and returned in the 200 for a 26.87 mark which rounded out a productive day.

Shontella Smith (Campobello, S.C.) joined Brewton near the top of the field with a 12.57 in the 100 before taking a leap of 10.51 meters in the triple jump. Smith's mark was good enough for 13th place and a new outdoor personal record.

Next on track for the Tornado was the men's sprint crew led by Earl Rahming (Nassau, Bahamas) with a strong 400 effort of 49.09, good enough for 13th place and a new outdoor personal record. During the indoor season the freshmen from the Bahamas threatened the NCAA Divivision II National qualifying standard on many occasions and he looks to secure that mark during the outdoor campaign.

Jordan Tippens (Knoxville, Tenn.) also broke the 50 second barrier with a mark of 49.79 and then returned to action in the 200 with an impressive outdoor personal record of 22.56. Making his mark in the 100 meters Diverne Ingraham (Matthew Town, Great Iaunga) ran to a 15th place finish and just missed his personal record with a time of 10.99.

Rounding out the successful outdoor opener were the efforts of the throws squad. Casey Stallard (Abingdon, Va.) and Justin Harris (Johnson City, Tenn.) continued their freshmen campaign with personal records in the javelin and hammer respectively. Stallard launched the javelin 41.60 meters for a 23rd place showing while Harris' 33.72 meter effort left him in 27th with a new personal record also.

The highlight of the throws weekend came when Ashtan Hibar (Mansfield, Ohio.), competing in the shot put, just missed the top-ten by finishing 12th with a throw of 11.58 meters. Hibar's teammate Miranda Broesche (Cleveland, Tenn.) also had a personal record with a heave of 28.62 meters in the hammer throw.

The King College men's and women's track and field team travel next to the Benyon Sports Classic at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., Saturday at 10 a.m.